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Dera followers’ murder: After death of father, grandpa, this 8-year-old stares at uncertain future

An 8-year-old Diya Sharma, daughter of deceased Ramesh Kumar, is staring at an uncertain future of her family after a death of her father and grandfather Satpal Kumar who were followers of Dera Sacha Sauda.

punjab Updated: Feb 27, 2017 15:10 IST
Tarsem Singh Deogan
Diya Sharma, daughter of deceased Ramesh Kumar Sharma, in Ludhiana on Sunday.
Diya Sharma, daughter of deceased Ramesh Kumar Sharma, in Ludhiana on Sunday.(JS Grewal/HT)

An 8-year-old Diya Sharma, daughter of deceased Ramesh Kumar, is staring at an uncertain future of her family after a death of her father and grandfather Satpal Kumar who were followers of Dera Sacha Sauda.

Diya has developed a problem in her right eye from her childhood and is undergoing treatment for her eye.

“Doctors have told me that I could get my eyesight back if I am treated regularly. As my father and grandfather have been killed, who will pay for my treatment and take care of our family,” said Diya.

“I don’t think that I could get my eyesight back. Moreover, future of the family is in dark. I don’t know what my father and grandfather did wrong to the killers, who mercilessly killed both of them. I want the killers to be hanged publically,” she added.

Diya is the only child of Ramesh Kumar. She, along with her mother Madhubala and grandmother Kamlesh, was brought to congregation centre (Naam Charcha Ghar) at Jagera village of Khanna on Malerkotla Road, where bodies of Satpal Kumar and Ramesh Kumar were kept.

Her mother Madubala is inconsolable. Relatives and neighbours also huddled at congregation centre to pay condolence.

Satpal Kumar was an accountant at a brick kiln while Ramesh Kumar was a trader. He used to supply belts, wallets and fashion accessories to different shops.

Sandeep Sharma, brother-in-law of Ramesh Kumar, said that the family is a firm believer of Dera Sacha Sauda and has been following for the last 40 years. Raj Kumar, elder brother of Satpal Kumar, did not marry and had spent his whole life serving humanity at Dera. Satpal and Ramesh used to visit congregation centre regularly and to do ‘sewa’.